Abstract: Summary Globally, the role of women in conservation is gaining attention with increasing initiatives to support gender equity in environmental management and decision-making. In Australia, the role of Aboriginal women in natural and cultural resource management employed as rangers is also gaining recognition; however, female employment in this field remains underrepresented. This paper reflects on a cross-cultural partnership aimed at empowering young Aboriginal women in natural and cultural resource management, locally known as caring for Country, in Arnhem Land, a remote Aboriginal owned region of northern Australia. The project was led by local Ngukurr community Ngandi Elder and lead author, Mrs Daniels, and Macquarie University researchers who co-designed and co-delivered activities according to five project aims: (i) Community involvement; (ii) Biocultural research / learning on Country; (iii) Leadership and confidence building; (iv) Knowledge maintenance; and (v) Capacity building. Over three years of the project, over 60 youth participated in a range of on-Country and cultural learning, leadership and capacity building activities including cross-cultural biodiversity surveys, wetland monitoring, traditional language and knowledge recording and culture camps. Participant feedback and a biocultural learning assessment task noted growth in confidence, biocultural knowledge and desire for continuation of youth empowerment programs in conservation. To facilitate gender equity in Aboriginal natural and cultural resource management, structural and sustained support of women?s empowerment and leadership, driven by local women with support of local communities, is required.
Daniels, Cherry Wulumirr, Ngukurr Yangbala, rangers, Russell, Shaina, Ens, Emilie J., 2022, Empowering young Aboriginal women to care for Country: Case study of the Ngukurr Yangbala rangers, remote northern Australia, Volume:23, Journal Article, viewed 02 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=29113.